High Ranking Authority Sites with WordPress & ClickBump

Update: Since version 6.4, you can now utilize the new "ClickBump Categories" widget rather than the Category Index (which has now been deprecated)

Over the past few weeks, since John Robinson (aka Xfactor on Warrior Forum) released his “Authority Site Adsense Course“, I’ve been tweaking ClickBump Theme in order to automate the process of building these types of sites. John’s inspiration only served to reinforce what I had already discovered after reading Lisa Parmley’s excellent “Inline SEO course and video series when I invested in it at the beginning of last year.

Here’s a couple of screenshots to show what’s in store with the new functions in ClickBump…

Above: The new Home Page Category Index option can be enabled at the click of a button in ClickBump. Shown in “Grid View” with auto-generated category thumbnail images and links to the category landing pages. click the image for full size preview.

Also of note, the Google Search box can be added to your template with drag and drop via a custom new widget that ships with ClickBump. All you have to do is drop in your ad code from Google and ClickBump handles everything else, including styling the button and placing the search box in the header where people can easily use it and you can get the cash for the clicks.

Above: The Home Page Category Index can be configured in theme options in 1 of 3 layouts in real time without affecting your data. Click the image for full size preview (Note: these screenshots were taken in an earlier version of ClickBump theme and may differ from the current shipping theme options panel)

Above: The Category Landing Page using double “Stacked” ads – clickwise theme shown, one of the 12 high ranking SEO enabled templates included with core package

Note: When ads are present, the category thumbnail image will be used (instead of the larger original) and placed to the right side with the text wrapping to the left. This provides a safe buffer zone between the ads and the images as John suggests on page 158 of his new course. When ads are not present in the content, such as when Adsense is disabled or you’ve chosen the setting “Don’t Show Adsense on Category Landing Pages” in theme options, the larger category image will be used with the text wrapping around it to the right.

Here’s a shot of the category landing page with “Don’t Show Ads on Category Landing Pages” enabled. ClickBump automatically replaces the thumbnail image with the larger full size version and adjusts the image alignment to the left (when ads are visible, the thumbnail image is used and aligned to the right side as shown in the previous screenshot)…

Above: Category landing page with full size thumbnail image and automatic text wrapping.

Notice how the Category Title, “Black Tea is Good for the Soul“, is enhanced and contains more descriptive text than the category name, “Black Tea” which is used in the right side category menu. ClickBump’s enhancements to the default WordPress category manager enables you to create custom Category titles as well as category images automatically with point and click.

Above: The ClickBump “Adsense Settings” in theme options enables configuration of Ads, sitewide and on category pages specifically

For those of you familiar with John’s original course, the core focus was building tightly focused, small (in most cases under 10 pages) niche sites on a particular product related topic, and monetized with Google ads which are placed above the fold, near the top of each page with a single large rectangle ad unit.

In John’s new course, he provides a pretty thorough and extremely well documented walk through of how he structures his larger “Authority” sites which have upwards of hundreds of pages, grown over time.

At the core of this concept is the idea of “theming” via site categories. This also reinforces what has been called the “Silo” approach to site building. There is quite a bit of momentum behind the idea of site theming and quite a bit of real world evidence that Google and other search engines respond extremely well to content that’s organized into categories.

To that end, I’ve released an update to my site publishing tool, ClickBump Theme (free upgrade to ClickBump Engine owners). This version has some extremely powerful features that make these types of sites a point and click operation. What’s more, owing to the flexibility of the core ClickBump engine, you can use any existing ClickBump template to build these sites.

With the latest release you can create an automated “Category Index Page“, just as John describes on pages 126-127, complete with thumbnails and descriptions for each category, at the click of a button. Here’s an example of what the new Category Index page looks like as viewed in the recently released Amazonia template (available at the member’s dashboard)…

You also get the option of having ClickBump automatically list “Related Articles and Posts” below each article and Category landing page as described on pages 136-138. This is all completely automated for you.

In addition, if you are including Adsense ads on your pages, you can now specify the use of “Stacked Ads” just as John discusses on pages 136-137 and Page 142 as well as a single click in theme options to include the divider line John recommends on page 140.  It also allows you to add a Google search bar just as John describes on page 131.

I’ve added point and click tools for creating your Category landing page just like John does as well as a point and click upload button for uploading each of your category images that will be used on the category index page. Here’s a screenshot of the updated Category Editor that you’ll get along with ClickBump Theme.

Above: The updated Category Edit Screen complete with full text rich text editor for creating your category landing page copy (complete with visual text formatting, links and images if desired), as well as your Category image. When you upload the image, ClickBump automatically creates a resized thumbnail version that is used for your Category index page, while the original is also uploaded to be used on your Category Landing page.

Finally, I’ve released a new template, XFactored 2.0, along with the latest release of ClickBump theme, that is specifically tuned to match the example site John uses. And I’ve also posted a step by step guide, using this new template, which walks you through the creation of the entire site, complete with every function and layout point that John uses in his authority sites.

Here’s a sneak peak of the XFactored 2.0 template in the unique list view with 2 columns (you configure the layout at the click of a button in theme options) …

Above: Click the image for full size preview – Click Here to purchase the XFactor 2.0 Template for a limited time for only $15 – requires ClickBump!)

Gotta get back to work now. More to come!

13 Responses to “High Ranking Authority Sites with WordPress & ClickBump”

  1. Warren says:

    Thanks Scott! Much neater looking now.

  2. Warren says:

    Scott,

    Have you got a suggestion on the size of the original image that should be uploaded for the XF2 template? I know the image is auto resized for the thumbnail, but I’d like to have all the thumbnails the same size and all of the images that appear on the category pages of identical size as well.

    What have you found is a good original size that will accomplish this goal?

    Thanks and thanks for the great work you’ve done on CE4 and accompanying templates!

    Warren

    • Scott says:

      Hi Warren, the thumbs are being resized down to 125 pixels wide (the height is then calculated to maintain proportion). So the width of all thumbnails will be 125 pixels and the height will vary depending on the height of your input image. If you want 125×125 sqaure images, just use square images on the input.

      For my originals, I like them to be 225 pixels in width and since I’m using the unresized image on the category landing page (when ads are not present), I know all my landing page images are a consistent size.

  3. Gobby says:

    Scott – how does Amazon work with XFactor2.0? Or is the xFactor 2.0 more effective with Adsense. If so, is there something in the works to change your Amazonia template to adhere to John’s new authority focus?

    • Scott says:

      @Gobby: You can use XF2 for Amazon or Adsense. It would even be really great for Ebay listings or an ebay store. Especially now that I’ve added the ability to embed a unique affiliate link into each of your category landing page images. The links are automatically set to nofollow too 🙂

      All of my core and premium templates, including Amazonia, work fine with the new features in CE4. Its just a matter of what design works best for your application, niche or project. With the customization features in theme options, plus the enhanced widget panels, there’s literally thousands of looks and layouts you can achieve with a single template. You just pick the one that comes closest to your vision, then tweak settings to achieve the final solution.

  4. Charles says:

    I’m sure I am just missing this, but how do we change out the “Tea” image in the header and add our own. I’m uploading about 25 potst to kick off my first authority site. I’m really enjoying writing about something I have a passion for and not just something that meets all the keyword criteria.

    • Scott says:

      @Charles: Check out my latest post and Question #1 under the Q&A section. I've spilled the beans there 🙂

      PS: I’ve replaced the tea image header with a more generic female avatar character in the latest update of the XFactor 2.0 template available for download at the dashboard.

  5. Chad says:

    Scott,

    This is great, just starting to work with CE4 Beta and love it so far.

    Thanks for the hard work on this!

    Chad

    • Scott says:

      @Chad: Thanks! Keep us updated on how your sites are doing with the new stuff. Should be much more G love with all the extra bits of content people will be unleashing.

  6. wrigby says:

    Hi Scott,

    Is this template “siloed”?

    • Scott says:

      Yes, the template is completely built around a “Themed” category structure that has been shown to be highly effective with Google and other search engines. The key to this is the new CE4 (Version 4 of ClickBump Engine) which has enhanced support for category management.

  7. Scott says:

    Hi Kimball, thanks! Yes, the category index pages (I call them category landing pages since that’s the page you “land” on when you click through one of the category links or images from the home page) all have a landing page with a full page of content (and ads if you’ve got that turned on in theme options in theme options).

    The content is pulled from the “Description” field of each category, and I’ve enabled a Rich Text Content Editor to the Description editor in WordPress. So I use a “snippet” summaary of the category’s description on the home page and then the full description on the landing page.

    Then below that, you’ll see the links to the articles you’ve written in that category (See Page 138 of John’s new ebook)

  8. Kimball says:

    Scott,

    Fantastic upgrade! I look forward to seeing it. Will the category/index pages allow for a content article above the post links? Looking good.

    Kimball

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